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Vaddio Gets Architectural with Aesthetic Cameras, Furniture

Vaddio plans to launch several new products this week at InfoComm 2010.

Vaddio plans to launch several new products this week at InfoComm 2010. "To say we have been busy would be an understatement," said president and CEO of Vaddio Rob Sheeley in a statement. "With 10 major products being launched, including our new furniture lines and our AutoTrak camera tracking system, we have a full suite of products for the videoconferencing and distance education markets."

Vaddio's new Furniture Systems for classrooms and videoconferencing applications will include Edge videoconferencing carts and Instrukt educational teaching stations. Both lines are designed to integrate modern form, function, and style for classrooms, boardrooms, or training facilities.

The company's new Reveal in-wall cameras are Vaddio's first architecturally integrated PTZ cameras, allowing them to blend into the wall of a videoconferencing or presentation environment. The camera's aesthetics are designed to match large flat-screen TVs, rear projection screens, and other video equipment. The camera box uses the depth of the wall cavity to recess the camera into the wall, eliminating the camera's extension into the room and providing a more finished look to the installation. There are two options for the camera glass: clear or electro-chromatic. The electro-chromatic glass turns opaque and mutes video when the camera is turned off or by RS-232 command.

Vaddio's new AutoTrak combines IR camera tracking and a wireless microphone into a single system designed for the education and distance-learning markets. The instructor wears the IR lanyard with an integrated microphone attached to the belt pack. An IR PTZ camera tracks the IR lanyard, sending commands to the Tracking PTZ camera and keeping the instructor framed in the shot, which becomes the HD or standard definition video output.

According to the company, Vaddio's OneLink digital bus technology reduces the number of cables required in a videoconferencing or presentation installation. Part of the Cat-5e Structured Media Cabling Standard for video power and control over Cat-5e, the OneLink system passes power to the camera over Cat-5e and provides a bi-directional control channel for RS-232 communications, transmitting/receiving uncompressed digital video up to 1080p/60 Hz on all single Cat-5e cable. The system is made for 12-volt DC PTZ cameras with digital outputs (HDMI 1.4 or DVI with an HDMI adapter) that use RS-232 for control, such as the Tandberg Precision HD 1080p PTZ cameras.

Vaddio this week is also expanding established product lines. The WallView CCU HD-18 SDI and WallView HD-18 DVI/HDMI are new to the ClearView HD-18 family of PTZ cameras. Both models are built around the ClearView HD high-definition PTZ camera, with a 1/3-inch, 1.3 megapixel CCD imaging sensor, a glass multi-element wide dynamic zoom lens (18x optical), a tally light rating, and a 1.8-lux rating, providing superior images in a range of HD video applications.

The WallView CCD HD-18 SDI is capable of HD-SDI or SDI video outputs, which transmits 3 Gbps single-link HD-SDI digital video resolutions up to 1080p over a Cat-5 cable. The Quick-Connect CCU enables the adjustment of color, gain, pedestal, gamma, chroma, knee, and iris functions on the camera with the turn of a knob. WallView HD-18 DVI/HDMI, says the company, delivers simultaneous analog Component (YPbPr) and digital (DVI-D or HDMI) video outputs on separate connectors, suiting the camera for multiple monitoring and large projection screens.

 


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